In Season: Reading Between the Trees

Wednesday, 06 Feb 2008

Placing the Scriptures in the hands of the common people was precisely Martin Luther's intent when he protested against Rome. Through translation and pastoral instruction, Luther encouraged the laity to take responsibility for at least some of their own biblical education.
The Bible is book-ended by trees. Have you noticed them? Over here is the tree in the garden, of which the people must not eat. Presumably they may climb it, or hang a swing in its branches, or lean against its trunk to eat a snack, so long as the meal doesn't include its fruit. But before they think to do any of these things, the crafty serpent invites them on a disastrous picnic; and suddenly there they are, left with pain and enmity and exile instead of joy and intimacy and home. And ...

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